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Free Floating Music

Free Floating

Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.
–Frank Lloyd Wright

We should listen to the silence with the same attention that we give to the sounds.
–John Cage

Free Floating Music exists to release and promote serene, peaceful ambient music, music that grows out of and flows through the silence around it, sculpting spaces for reflection, repose and rejuvenation.

All music released through Free Floating Music is available for free download via Creative Commons non-commercial licenses.

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Free Floating Music
by Free Floating Music
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This compilation is more than just music. It is a mission statement. As you will see on the website, there is a written mission statement for the label. While those words are an adequate description for what I intend the focus of Free Floating Music to be, words can only express so much. This is, of course, why there is music. And while this music doesn’t speak loudly, it does speak clearly. It speaks to us of the spaces where we can be free from the accelerated pull of the world. It writes...
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Topics: ambient, ambient music, creative commons, electronic, abstract, drone, netlabel
Free Floating Music
by Altus
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The plans for what would become The Sidereal Cycle took place without any input from me. I first found out about the concept from a post on the Altus blog. As soon as I read it I reached out to Mike (Carss, AKA Altus) with a resounding, “Yes, please!” Fans of Free Floating and ambient I’m sure will understand my enthusiasm. Simply put, Mike Carss is a master of ambient music, there can be no doubt about that. Of the ambient artists that I listen to and love, I feel that Altus music is the...
Topics: ambient, ambient electronic
Free Floating Music
by Seconds Before Awakening
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The music of Seconds Before Awakening (the nom de disque of one Michael S. Waller) is tied up with the history of Free Floating right from the very beginning…. Way back in July of 2008 I played “Zero 2” on the very first installment of my Stillstream radio show. Since then the music of Seconds Before Awakening has graced the show quite a few times and now I am happy to be releasing new music under the Free Floating banner. There are many aspects of the music that reach out to me. There is...
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Topics: ambient, Creative Commons, drone, ambient music, abstract, ambient music, netlabel
Free Floating Music
by Cousin Silas
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I love the music that I release on Free Floating. While that may seem a banal statement, I feel that it’s important to put it out there. As the label has grown and I have clarified and developed my approach to the music that is submitted to Free Floating, I have come to feel more strongly the importance of my loving the music. While I can apply various aesthetic criteria to works that I am evaluating for release, much of the final decision comes down to how I feel about the music and how it...
Topics: ambient, ambient electronic, creative commons, netlabel
Free Floating Music
by Mirada
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For me this release by Mirada is a lesson in listening. In my initial listening to the work after I received it, I didn't really know what was going on in the pieces.  There seemed to me to be little to no movement.  I found them moderately interesting as atmospheres, but wasn't entirely moved by them. For a (brief) while I considered passing on releasing them through Free Floating.  I thought about sending Mark (Heath, AKA Mirada) to submit the work to the Complex Silence series or some...
Topics: ambient, ambient music, Creative Commons, netlabel, electronic, abstract, meditation, sleep,...
Free Floating Music
by Altus
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The plans for what would become The Sidereal Cycle took place without any input from me. I first found out about the concept from a post on the Altus blog. As soon as I read it I reached out to Mike (Carss, AKA Altus) with a resounding, “Yes, please! Fans of Free Floating and ambient I’m sure understand my enthusiasm. Simply put, Mike Carss is a master of ambient music, there can be no doubt about that. Of the ambient artists that I listen to and love, I feel that Altus music is the most...
Topics: ambient, ambient electronic, Creative Commons, netlabel
Free Floating Music
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I don’t know if there’s something in the water in Manchester or if his house is built above some sacred tomb of Arthurian knights, but I know that Brin Coleman (aka Bing Satellites) possesses some incredible source of musical power that goes beyond what I’m accustomed to. As I have been listening repeatedly to Twilight Sessions Volume Eight, I find it amazing that seven other volumes (totaling over 15 hours of music) have been released by Bing Satellites in little over a year. And this...
Topics: ambient, ambient music, creative commons, netlabel, electronic, abstract
Free Floating Music
by Altus
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The plans for what would become The Sidereal Cycle took place without any input from me. I first found out about the concept from a post on the Altus blog. As soon as I read it I reached out to Mike (Carss, AKA Altus) with a resounding, “Yes, please!” Fans of Free Floating and ambient I’m sure will understand my enthusiasm.  Simply put, Mike Carss is a master of ambient music, there can be no doubt about that. Of the ambient artists that I listen to and love, I feel that Altus music is...
Topics: ambient, ambient electronic, Creative Commons, netlabel
Free Floating Music
by Altus
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The plans for what would become The Sidereal Cycle took place without any input from me. I first found out about the concept from a post on the Altus blog. As soon as I read it I reached out to Mike (Carss, AKA Altus) with a resounding, “Yes, please!” Fans of Free Floating and ambient I’m sure will understand my enthusiasm. Simply put, Mike Carss is a master of ambient music, there can be no doubt about that. Of the ambient artists that I listen to and love, I feel that Altus music is the...
Topics: ambient, ambient electronic, Creative Commons, netlabel
Free Floating Music
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I don’t know what to say about Bing Satellites that I didn’t already say in the notes for the last album of his that I released. So I’ll keep it short and to the point….  It should be clear to all by now that I am a big fan of Bing Satellites (as well as the other moniker’s of the man behind the music, Brin Coleman). He is obviously adept at creating scintillating atmospheres of effortless simplicity that, at the same time, reveal even more beauty in their shimmering depths.  I am,...
Topics: ambient, ambient electronic, creative commons, netlabel
Free Floating Music
by Jack Hertz
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This release almost didn’t happen (though, thankfully for all of us, it obviously has…).  Jack Hertz sent me these tracks back at the beginning of December 2011. I promptly entered them into my regular rotation of new music and gave them lots of thorough listening. When new music is submitted to Free Floating I try to listen to it in as many ways as possible—doing work at the computer, while reading, in headphones as I go to sleep…. I want to experience the music fully.  As I listened...
Topics: ambient, ambient electronic, space music, Creative Commons, drone, meditative, new age
Free Floating Music
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There are several reasons why I am especially glad to be releasing Tange's I Will Tell The Audient Void on Free Floating.  First is that Gordie (AKA Gordon MacMillan AKA Tange) is just a really nice guy. I only really know him through the digital realm; having chatted in the Stillstream chatroom, interacted occasionally on Facebook, and exchanged emails. But each time I have come away with an impression of Gordie as a just a really straightforwardly good guy.  Second is that I now have an...
Topics: ambient, Creative Commons, space music, electronic ambient, meditation, peaceful
Free Floating Music
by Jack Hertz
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I think that part of what makes Jack Hertz stand out as an ambient artist is his passionate attachment to the natural world and his interest in expressing that passion through his music.  Whether he’s inspired by starfish, wetlands, trees, oceans, or microflora, his art is informed by his experiences and love of the world around him. And he is usually one to put his money where his mouth is, releasing music through his Sound4Good label which donates proceeds to appropriate charities.  This...
Topics: ambient, ambient electronic, space music, drone, meditative
Free Floating Music
by Daniel Robert Lahey
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If there is a core, an artistic and emotional center to the music released by Free Floating, then Daniel Robert Lahey’s music is there. I consider his music (breathing may surprise, tonalchemy and now gravity’s kiss) to be the prototypical examples of what I think Free Floating music is.  Daniel’s music creates this aural space that is lush and deep, yet very simple and immediate at the same time. There is real depth to his knowledge of traditional musical structures, yet he is wise...
Topics: ambient, ambient electronic, meditation, new age, space music
Free Floating Music
by Daniel Robert Lahey
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Like many artists, I first encountered daniel in the Stillstream chat room and then, I believe, through the Relaxed Machinery community. It was on the latter where he posted a SoundCloud link to “Being Peace”. Here is what he had to say about it:  I recorded this piece, "Being Peace" about 10 years ago, and I have never come close to its perfection since…. During that day that ended with Being Peace, I was for some reason unentangled with the result, which mental state I was...
Topics: ambient, ambient electronic, new age, space music, drone, meditative, sleep music
Free Floating Music
by Michael Meara
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The Sutra of the Heart of the Lady Perfection of Wisdom Thus have I heard. At one time Lord Buddha was staying at Vulture Peak Mountain in Rajagriha, with a great gathering of the monastic sangha and the bodhisattva sangha. At the same time, noble Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva mahasattva, was looking right at the experience of the profound perfection of wisdom and he saw the five groups to be empty of nature. Then, through the power of the Buddha, venerable Shariputra said to noble...
Topics: ambient, ambient music, Creative Commons, netlabel, electronic, abstract, meditation, sleep
Free Floating Music
by Magnetic Wind
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I am drawn to the intimacy implicit in this collection by Magnetic Wind. The titles (and indeed the inspiration noted by the artist) inform us that this music explores the desire for closeness and relationship. These are, in essense, ambient love songs; I Want to Hold Your Hand via Brian Eno, if you will. Of course this music is really more mature in its approach to love than the adolescent angst of the early Beatles. Perhaps its more akin to an ambient take on George Harrison's Something from...
Topics: ambient, ambient electronic, meditation, new age, sleep, space music
Free Floating Music
by M. Persson: Sounds
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Here's something I wrote in 2010 regarding the original release of Strange Skies:  Back when I was doing my radio show on Stillstream, I was dedicated to finding as much new music as I could, so I would find and listen to a lot of music. Some was good, some was fair, some was awful. But then there were some albums that I would keep coming back to. Even as new music appeared for me to play, I would be drawn to certain releases that just rose above the rest.  To me, Strange Skies is one of...
Topics: ambient, ambient electronic, new age, meditation, space music